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  • Strong start for second year

    Sep 18, 2013

    Stillman College sophomore quarterback Josh Straughan earned a Notable Game Performance award from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this week after leading his team to a 27-6 win over Clark Atlanta University Sept. 14. Straughan, a member of Colton High School’s class of 2012, went 20 of 32 attempts passing for 312 yards in the win. After two games in the 2013 season, Straughan leads SIAC quarterbacks with 518 yards passing and a 65 percent completion rate. His team is 2-0 on the year. Stillman College is in Tuscaloosa, A...

  • S.J.E. cross country girls place

    Sep 18, 2013

    A veteran team of SJE girls Saturday placed second among an entry of big school teams Saturday in the Asotin Invitational run at Chief Timothy Park on the Snake River. Lewiston’s team won the meet with a 42-point score led by Shevaugn Ames with a time of 16:34. SJE finished with 49 points with Clarkston in third with 74, 35 back of the Eagles Heather Siegel, one of four seniors for the Eagles, led the team with 18:04 for fifth place. Other finishers for SJE were Jordan Porubek sixth at 18:18, Shania Bailey 9th at 18:42, Sami Bailey 17th at 1...

  • Bulldogs netters will host Pullman

    Sep 18, 2013

    Colfax volleyball players will host Pullman teams tonight in a non-league match after traveling to Shadle Park last Thursday and topping the Greater Spokane League team in three games. Colfax Coach Sue Doering said the three-game sweep at Shadle was a surprise. She felt the Bulldogs could carve out a win, but she anticipated an extended battle. Colfax took the win with top hitter Taylor Larsen out of the lineup on a recruiting trip. Line score for the win at Shadle was 25-16 27-25 and 25-18. Colfax serving and strong defense were big parts of...

  • Rosalia pegs big S.E. Eights hello

    Sep 18, 2013

    County 1B football: Spartans beat St. John-Endicott, Colton outlasts Wilbur-Creston, Soap Lake drops L/W Rosalia’s revived football team came rapping on the door of the SE Eights football league in a big way Friday when they stacked up a 68-16 win at St., John. The short trip to St. John was one the first of two consecutive games the independent Spartan squad will have against SE league foes this year. Their second league test will be this Friday when they host Touchet, one of the perennial l...

  • Colfax, Northwest Christian teams will both seek first win

    Sep 18, 2013

    After sustaining a 38-0 shutout in their season opener at Asotin last Friday, the Colfax Bulldogs will open their home season by hosting the brand new NWC Crusaders football team at Schmuck Park. The Crusaders will arrive at Colfax after sustaining a 44-7 loss to the Liberty Lancers at Mead. Lone score on the launch came on a kickoff return. That and an extra point kick put them on top 7-6 before the Lancers scored the next six touchdowns. “It’s going to be an interesting game,” Colfax Coach Mike Morgan commented. “Two inexperienced teams will...

  • Nearings ride in golf cart as Palouse Days grand marshals

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    They refused the parade car. Opting for a golf cart instead to drive alongside members of the basketball team, Palouse Days Grand Marshals Monty and Bev Nearing accepted the honor Saturday afternoon. “They like a low profile,” said Palouse Chamber of Commerce president Debbie Goetz. “This is kind of – a lot – out of their comfort zone.” “The convertible, that’s for old people,” said Bev Nearing with a smile. She and husband Monty are a retired couple who have lived in Palouse for 42 years. Mon...

  • LaCrosse bans marijuana sales

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    LaCrosse Town Council last Thursday night passed an ordinance prohibiting marijuana sales within the city limits. The ordinance was approved in response to a Washington State Liquor Board request for towns to determine legal status for marijuana sales within the city limits. After discussion, the council decided to not only to prohibit marijuana stores within city limits, but to also put a 1,000-foot buffer around the city for any such enterprise. All town council members approved the ordinance. The council also discussed the drinking water... Full story

  • Condemnation costly: LaCrosse council hears report on unfit buildings

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    LaCrosse Town Council last Thursday received a report on the costs and procedures involved to take action on unfit buildings. At least five houses in town and a couple of unfit structures downtown were discussed at a previous meeting. Mayor Randy Camp said the council talked about buildings that could possibly be condemned at its meeting in August. “But we’ve run into some walls,” Camp said. He reported he talked with the town’s attorney who advised a building inspector or a fire marshal would have to take action to condemn a building. If the...

  • Ackerman project will add eight home sites in Colfax

    Sep 18, 2013

    Members of the Colfax Planning Commission Sept. 9 approved a proposal from Scott Ackerman for River Pointe Development. The plan calls for eight home sites north of Railroad Avenue along where the South Fork of the Palouse River flows into the North Fork. Seven of the home sites would be along the South Fork and an eighth site would face the North Fork. The project was presented to the planning commission as a planned development which can be placed in city zones with a variation in requirements. The site, which is west of Bellinger, was...

  • Cinnamon Brown takes financial director’s post

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    Cinnamon Brown was named as the county’s financial director, replacing David Ledbetter who completed his last day on the job after resigning in mid-August. Brown began her new job Sept. 16. She joined county staff as an environmental health technician in April 2008. She has a master’s degree with an emphasis on accounting, a bachelor of science degree in biology and also has a secondary teaching certificate. Brown said she advanced to food program coordinator and then to director of budgeting and accounting for the county’s health depar... Full story

  • Marijuana

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    County commissioners are planning a workshop to discuss planning codes for raising, processing and dispensing marijuana in the county. County Planner Alan Thomson Monday suggested the commissioners plan a workshop with county Prosecutor Denis Tracy to discuss any legal questions commissioners may have about businesses getting permits to raise, process and dispense marijuana. A tentative workshop is set for mid-October. State regulations allow people to apply for permits starting in November, but actual permits will not be issued until early in...

  • Almota

    Sally Ousley, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    County commissioners Monday morning discussed how bad the Almota Road grade is and what the county could do about the state-owned road. “The grade is atrocious,” Commissioner Dean Kinzer said. That segment of county road was turned over to the state in 1991 and is now State Route 194. Al Gilson, communications manager for the state Department of Transportation eastern region, reported the road will be paved this week. State crews are working on the grade through next Thursday. Gilson said he is not aware of any other plans for the road. “We...

  • Brown bag luncheon set with commissioners

    Sep 18, 2013

    Pullman League of Women Voters will host a public brown bag discussion with the Whitman County Commissioners today, Thursday, Sept. 19, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church at 525 Campus Avenue in Pullman. The Commissioners will discuss what they feel they have accomplished in the new year and receive input from attendees. The public is invited to attend....

  • Church of the Nazarene to celebrate 100th year

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    Colfax Church of the Nazarene will mark its 100th year in Colfax Sunday. A day of worship, food, music and games will mark the occasion at the church’s current location across from Colfax High School on Morton Street. Built in 1963, the Morton Street building has been the home for the second half of the local chapter’s 100 years. Sunday’s celebration will begin with a 10:30 a.m. worship service featuring Northwest District Superintendent speaker Dr. Randy Craker. At noon will be a potluck on th...

  • Bigger, better Harvest Festival planned

    Garth Meyer, Gazette Reporter|Sep 18, 2013

    The first time was a charm, and the second year of the Farmington Harvest Festival arrives Saturday. The town’s celebration includes the Tube-A-Palooza innertube roll, a car and motorcycle show and shine, fun run, bands on a flatbed truck, a beer garden and more. This year, new additions include “Made in Farmington” vendors, antiques, marshmallow golf, a bicycle show and shine, new food options and an expanded music lineup. “I don’t know if the second year is tougher than the first. I think it...

  • Ping pong balls in Palouse

    Sep 18, 2013

    Police Chief Jerry Neumann shoots ping pong balls with a compressed air gun as people anxiously await for the balls to drop to claim prizes indicated on the balls. More Palouse photos are on Page 3B....